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Truck Fire sparks more than flames near 2010 Oak Knoll site

(Chris Chambers/Ashland Fire & Rescue)
(Chris Chambers/Ashland Fire & Rescue)
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ASHLAND, Ore. - A vehicle fire on Interstate 5 put a nearby neighborhood at risk Wednesday afternoon as record heat gripped the state.

Ashland Fire & Rescue says a tractor trailer cause fire near mile post 14 at roughly 5 p.m.

The fire, likely caused by overheated brakes, spread to the trailer burning the entire stock of wine being transported.

Multiple agencies were called to assist after the fire spread to nearby wildland, burning all the way up to a restraining wall which had been put in place after the deadly 2010 Oak Knoll Fire.

"Sure enough, this fire burned right up against the wall and actually, which is really common in car fires, the tires explode and it's really, really loud." Ashland Fire & Rescue Division Chief Chris Chambers said. "One of the tires actually shot off the rim and hit the concrete wall."

There were no injuries.

Agencies worked to protect the homes along the restraining wall that had been rebuilt after the 2010 fire burned 11 residences.

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